Sunday, 22 April 2012

Open Studios North Fife 2012

Open Studios North Fife 2012
takes place on
Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May
10-6pm each day.

I'm really busy preparing for my second year participating in this event.
Here is just a selection of what will be on display at my studio this year.

New Sheep Pendants in different designs
Sheep Earrings

Textile and Glass Pendants and Earrings

Harbour Cottage and Boat Pictures

Framed Felt Landscapes

Printed Cards Featuring Felt Landscapes

You can scroll through some of my other blog posts to see what else I will be displaying.
All my work is for sale.

I will also be demonstrating with the fabulous embellisher machine throughout Open Studios and sharing how to make a simple brooch.

You can keep up to date with what's new from me on Facebook Here
and with our Open Studios event Here

You can also see a full list of participants with maps and photos on the website at

You'll be guarenteed a warm welcome at all the studios this year so hope to see some of you there.

My studio number this year is 24 and you can find me at
64 Commercial Road
KY15 7JS

We are on the corner of the main street through Ladybank and Church Street. Look for the white Open Studio boards. There are seven participating studios in Ladybank alone so well worth a visit!

Refreshments available free of charge.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Wintertime Spring and a Radio Interview!

"Never cast a cloot, until the May is oot!"

Never a truer word was spoken! This old Scottish saying basically means that as Spring teases us with warmer weather, don't be putting all your Winter clothes away or stop wearing your vest and layers until the May flower, or Hawthorn is in bloom.
We were soaking up sun in the garden all last week then woke up to this on Tuesday morning!

Back on with the layers of leggings, long skirts, vests and polo necks!
This is a colour photo by the way, not black and white!

Thankfully it has nearly all melted but what a shame for my children who are all excited about their new trampoline. Even now that it is dry enough to bounce on, their feet are freezing!

Thankfully the snow came after our visit to Glasgow on Sunday.
I was the guest of DJ Ciaran Dorris on his Sunday Sessions Show on Celtic Music Radio.
Ciaran has been asking me to be on his show for ages but I never felt brave enough. He offered me the slot on Sunday though and said I could plug our upcoming Open Studios event so I said yes.
I actually really enjoyed it! We had great fun as you can see from these photos my
husband took.

We were joking around, taking turns to see who looked daftest in the big earphones.
I think my son won that one!


Ciaran usually interviews a musician, singer, artist or writer on his show and it goes out live online between 5 and 7pm every Sunday and he has a loyal following all over the world who join in the chat and banter via Ciaran's facebook page and email.
We heard from folks in Nashville, Texas, New York, Arkansas, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands and France as well as here in Scotland.
As Ciaran's guest I was 'Castaway' to a ficticious Hebridean Island for a week and had to share with the listeners what items of choice I would take with me.
A Book
Four Music Tracks
A Luxury Item
A Guest for an evening
And something to throw in the Island Incinerator
(Something I feel the World would be better off without)
I chose
The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
(I like a book with a good story that also tells you something about another country and culture. This one starts off in Cornwall and ends up in Morocco)
The Blues Brothers or Hairspray (couldn't get it down to one!)
Beeswing by Alistair Ogilvy
Leave a Light on For You by Edwina Hayes
The Lock Keeper by Tommy Carew
Morning Nightcap (a tune) by Lunasa
Garlic Pepper (because I dislike bland food and assumed I'd be stuck with boiled spuds and fish for a week!)
For my guest I'd be happy with anyone who can sing and play guitar and who'd be up for singing songs all night round a fire.
And for the Incinerator I'd throw in Greed. The world be a much better place if nobody was greedy. If the multi national companies actually worked with the land and people to produce what we need rather than doing everything for profit and power.
I can't believe how quickly the two hours went by! I thought I'd be lost for words but Ciaran makes a brilliant host and it was all very relaxed and enjoyable.

If you fancy listening in to Celtic Music Radio sometime you can find them online here
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